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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

number17 Re:Battery Life Is Worse (477 comments)

Still not hipster enough. I don't need 90% of what your fancy Nokia 2610 can do. I have a watch that doesn't need to be charged and can be used as an alarm clock! If I need to make fancy phone calls I can use my landline.


Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

number17 Re:It doesn't seem to make sense (491 comments)

The political side would make more sense if Scotland was greatly different than UK culturally

Oh no you didn't!

5 days ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

number17 Re: (230 comments)

Well, its a server, and its up, but: uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is only valid for the following names:

about a week ago

School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

number17 Re: just prepay for food (230 comments)

Kids also need clothes to wear, regular bathing, a bed to sleep, and other meals of the day. If you are unable to provide those things the government can and will. You just have to sign over your rights as the parent.

about a week ago

Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

number17 Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

To be clear, you don't want the IRS to have the power to prosecute those who don't pay their taxes or are fraudulent in reporting them? If that's what you meant I would ask that you rethink the consequences of having no repercussions for not paying your taxes.

You don't happen to work for one of those big US telecom companies like AT&T or Comcast do you? Is that why you want to get rid of the FCC regulations and those pesky Net Neutrality folks?

about two weeks ago

New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

number17 Re:I can't wait (137 comments)

They can track it day and night, the phone will never get used whether I'm behind the wheel or in my house :-) I can't wait.

Good luck with that. Where I live an odometer reading is required as well as the occasional drive clean test for plate renewal. Let us know what they say when you report the same reading each year.

about three weeks ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

number17 Re:stopping who? (322 comments)

Explain yourself if you are going to cite the search term "Australia Gun Ban".

Australian Firearm Laws

State laws govern the possession and use of firearms in Australia. These laws were largely aligned under the 1996 National Firearms Agreement (NFA). Anyone wishing to possess or use a firearm must have a Firearms Licence and, with some exceptions, be over the age of 18. Owners must have secure storage for their firearms. Each firearm in Australia must be registered to the owner by serial number. Some states allow an owner to store or borrow another person's registered firearm of the same category.

about three weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

number17 Re:ITT... (312 comments)

And Virginia, California, and Colorado are at the top of the "FU America Law".

I heard that Virginia once tried to break up the US and even went to war with them! How un-American they are.

about three weeks ago

Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

number17 Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

With a car 'improvise' is generally stop or swerve or avoid, it's not like these cars have to win at chess.

Stop or swerve to avoid doesn't resolve driving on snow covered roads. All they've dealt with so far is directional driving. Nobody has mentioned anything to do with traction. So far other companies technology involves winter tires and transmission modes to prevent slipping when accelerating. This this car requires an AI than can improvise. It has to know that the hill you are about to go up is snow covered which means you have to gun it and not stop, otherwise you will get stuck. Its the type of things they don't teach you on the driving test.

about three weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

number17 Re:Steering wheels are nice, but... (506 comments)

The computer can't just hand over control to the human without adequate warning. If you are barreling down the highway at 55mph and the computer decides its in a situation it cant control I dont think it can just say "here ya go bud, good luck". Bringing the car to a stop in a live lane is not a good idea either.

about a month ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

number17 Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (506 comments)

Im guessing more than 90% were in sunny highway conditions. Call me when its driven more than 100 miles on a snow covered highway through a blizzard at night and the sensors haven't frozen over. Snow season is on its way.

about a month ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

number17 Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

Yes, but in all fairness those places dont have cars, they have unicorns. I seem to have lost my citation on that, do you happen to have it?

about a month ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

number17 Re:Is this at least user-selectable? (475 comments)

So you would rather your car is unsafe to everyone else?

Next you are going to tell us that its not safe to stop at red lights. Im surprised that there aren't millions killed each year attempting their driving test. What are these scenarios that its not safe to drive the speed limit? Are there flying monkeys involved?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

number17 Pay with what? (382 comments)

I think you are asking should we pay with money via a subscription or one time payment, but its not clear. Current users of Slashdot are paying with their time and bandwidth when looking at ads.

about a month ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

number17 Job Function Accounts (383 comments)

I have several accounts that are not tied to me but to my employment. Several people access these accounts using the one password. Do biometric systems allow for registering multiple people to one account?

about a month and a half ago

Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

number17 Re:Why wonder? (60 comments)

And some people actually pay for tracking!

about 2 months ago

China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

number17 Re:Reciprocity (86 comments)

That article doesn't say much about China ignoring patent laws. It talks more about how China is using them like everybody else and that Chinese hackers would steal ideas and patent them. As if the people developing those ideas wouldn't patent them themselves.

about 2 months ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

number17 Mathematicians Freaking Out! (411 comments)

Is 10.10 just a re-release of 10.1 with a 0 tacked on the end? Will version 10.11 be between 10.1 and 10.2?

about 4 months ago


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